Jail study to be discussed behind closed doors

by Carol Thompson

Members of the Oswego County Legislature’s Old Jail Property and Planning Committee, along with members of the Infrastructure and Facilities Committee, met at the Department of Social Services complex in Mexico Tuesday to discuss whether to move ahead with a study to determine how to move forward with the former jail property.

County purchasing director Fred Maxon recommended the committee  interview three potential vendors.

Legislator Morris Sorbello, who chairs the jail committee, requested a motion to interview the vendors and allow legislators to ask questions.

Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley did not see the need for the interviews. “If we’re going to tear the building down, if that’s the decision made to take the building down, then a number of these questions, the structural integrity of the building doesn’t become our problem, it becomes the low bidders problem,” he said.

The full legislature will eventually decide the fate of the deteriorated structure that once served as the county jail.

When construction of the new public safety center was completed, the former jail sat dormant and is now in a condition beyond repair.

At issue is whether the county should sell the property with the building or demolish the structure and sell the land.

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